August 12th, 2014

Is the circular economy achievable or desirable?

by Roy Hathaway

 

Defra Resources Minister Dan Rogerson drew a lot of criticism when he said, at the CIWM/ESA conference in June, that a completely circular economy was neither achievable nor desirable.

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January 31st, 2014

Goodbye, England’s rise: why have household recycling rates stalled?

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by Roy Hathaway

 

One of the biggest questions facing UK waste policy makers and commentators is: why have recycling rates in England levelled off?

Until recently it was assumed – not least by Government – that the steady increase in UK recycling which marked the last decade would continue indefinitely, thanks mainly to the landfill tax escalator.

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October 22nd, 2013

Waste management: who is really leading the EU?

by Roy Hathaway

 

There has been much shaking of heads lately over the perceived poor performance of the new EU member states of eastern and southern Europe – and some of the not so new ones – so far as recycling and landfill diversion are concerned. “Look at country X,” we all say (me included), “still landfilling over 95% of its waste; they will never get anywhere near the 50% recycling target by 2020, not a chance.”

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